ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Feb. 26, 2019)

Published February 26, 2019, 10:21 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Abduction attempts foiled by quick response of kids’ parents; 70-year-old woman arrested

A 70-year-old woman was apprehended when she allegedly attempted to kidnap two children in Marikina City Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Gloria Payos, a native of Bulusan town, Sorsogon.

Initial investigation showed that at around 5 p.m. Friday, Payos first grabbed the hand of a four-year-old girl eating outside their house along Malvar Street in Barangay Jesus Dela Peña.

However, the child’s mother saw Payos who then quickly fled when the mother confronted her, police said.

Minutes later, Payos also tried to take a two-year-old girl where the suspect seemed to lead the child away from her family, police said.

Luckily, the girl managed to pull away and run to her mother who reported Payos to the patrolling policemen. Payos was immediately placed under arrest, police said.

Payos was brought to the Marikina City Police Station where she will be charged with attempted abduction. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Cainta police seized P1.5 million worth of shabu

Police seized 230 grams of shabu worth P1.5 M from a couple in Cainta, Rizal during a buy-bust operation, last Monday night.

P/Supt. Alvin Consolacion, acting chief of police, identified the arrested as  Jaban Aliin y Akatao alyas “Bano”, 27, native of  Marawi City and his life in partner, Princess Pantinople y Borreto, 18, both residing at  Sitio Sabutad, Brgy., Muzon, Taytay Rizal.

Police report showed that the buy-bust operation was conducted by Cainta PNP led by P/Inspector Rolando Baylon Jr., in front of Puregold Junction, Brgy., Sto. Domingo, Cainta, Rizal, last Monday past 10 p.m. through the help of police tipsters who reported that a rampant selling of drugs usually occurs in the place.

Police seized 16 transparent plastic sachets of shabu, a Mitsubishi Lancer, shabu paraphernalia and marked money.

The two are now detained at the Police Headquarters in Cainta and facing charges for violation of RA-9165. (Madelynne Dominguez)

Police rids Quezon City of two drug pushers

A suspected leader of a drug group tagged behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in their area was arrested by the police together with his member in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City on Monday night.

Quezon City Police District director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., identified the suspects as Sonny Boy Regajal, 39, and his alleged member, Rebecca Officiar, 29.

Police report showed that members of QCPD Cubao Police Station (PS-7) conducted a drug sting against Regajal near his house at Ermin Garcia Street near corner Imperial Street in Barangay E. Rodriguez around 8 p.m.

The operation stemmed from a report they received that Regajal’s group was peddling illegal drugs in Cubao area, and neighboring barangays of Kamuning and Anonas.

An undercover police officer transacted with Regajal and Officiar which resulted in their arrest.

Seized from them were 28 sachets of shabu and the buy-bust money.

Further investigation showed that Regajal was included in the target list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

He was arrested also by PS-7 last 2017 by virtue of an arrest warrant for Arson which he committed in Lawa-an, Eastern Samar.

After his released from jail last January 2018, report showed Regajal went into illegal drug peddling activities.

Meanwhile, Officiar was arrested in October 2017 for illegal drug charges and was released from jail last September 2018 before she was also involved in drug pushing.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)

2 drug peddlers arrested in separate operations in Pasig

Two alleged drug peddlers were arrested in a series of buy-bust operation in Pasig City Monday night.

First to fall to the authorities was Analyn Cabus, 26, jobless, of Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig.

Investigation showed that at around 6:30 p.m., members of the Pasig City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust sting against Analyn along Rosal Street in Barangay Pinagbuhatan.

Police said Cabus was apprehended after selling sachets of illegal drugs to an undercover cop. When Cabus was frisked, she yielded four sachets of suspected shabu.

An hour later, along Cattleya Street of the same barangay, 39-year-old Generoso Marcelo Jr, a painter, was nabbed after allegedly selling P200 worth of illegal drugs to a police poseur buyer.

A total of eight sachets of suspected shabu were seized from the suspects, police said.

Cabus and Marcelo are now detained at the Pasig City Police Station and cases for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act will be filed against them. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Gambling drug users arrested in Sta. Cruz

Five men who were initially arrested for illegal gambling ended up being charged with a graver offense after police recovered sachets of suspected shabu from their possession in Manila on Monday.

Police identified the suspects as Noel Villanueva, 48; Ambrocio Salazar, 43; Roberto Zaragoza Jr., 68; Alexander Pindeda, 50; and Raymundo Lansuela, 40—all residents of Manila.

Investigation showed that prior to their arrest, a concerned citizen reported the police that there is an ongoing illegal gambling activity along Elias Street near Aragon Street Barangay 352, Zone 35 in Sta. Cruz, Manila at around 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 25.

The police immediately went to the place and after the suspects were instructed to empty their pockets, they recovered five pieces of suspected shabu, one deck of playing cards and P450 cash used as bet money.

The suspects were brought to Sta. Cruz Police Station for temporary detention.

A case for Violation of Section 11 of Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and  Presidential Decree No. 1602 or illegal gambling are being prepared for filing before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects. (Erma Edera)

Anti-drug operations in Pasay result to arrest of five

Anti-drug operatives arrested five drug personalities in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City Monday night.

The suspects were identified by police as Michael Dela Torres, 30; Ryan Mesias, 39; Edzel Bundalian, 30; Joy Nacario, 45; and Michelle De Leon, 33. All suspects are under the illegal drugs watch list.

Initial investigation showed that the operation was conducted at around 10:05 in the evening along  Estrella Street, Barangay 14 Zone 1, Pasay City

PO2 Frangie Furton, accompanied by confidential informant, acted as poseur-buyer and managed to buy one small sachet of suspected shabu worth P200 from suspect Dela Torre, resulting to his arrest.

During the said operation, police said that four other individuals were seen engaged in the actual use of illegal drugs and were also arrested.

Confiscated from the possession of the suspects are four small transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined amount of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P1000.

They also recovered four aluminum foil strips, two pieces disposable lighters, and several other drug paraphernalia.

Cases in violation of sections 5, 11, 13, and 14 of Article 2 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act are being prepared for filing before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office against the arrested suspects. (Dhel Nazario)

2 hired killers arrested in Sampaloc

Two self-confessed hired killers were arrested by Sampaloc Police in Manila last Monday afternoon.

A gun and a grenade were also seized from their possession during apprehension.

The suspects were identified as Apolonio Flores, 37, of Sampaloc; and Prince Patrick Cortez, 32, married, businessman, and resident of Balut, Tondo.

Police said Flores was nabbed in a motorcycle repair shop in Sampaloc at around 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 25 following a call from a concerned citizen who saw a caliber 45 pistol in his sling bag when he pulled his cellphone from it.

In an interview with authorities of Sampaloc Police Station, Flores admitted that he is being hired to kill drug peddlers who fail to remit their earnings.

As a matter of fact, he said that he was en route to shoot someone in the area but he was accosted.

He then showed his text conversation with Cortez, who stood as his hander, leading the police to conduct a follow-up operation against the latter on the same day.

Cortez was collared in his residence at 4:30 p.m. where an MK-2 fragmentation hand grenade and a Mitsubishi Mirage were recovered from him.

Although he owned up to the illegal activity, Cortez said that there is a bigger person behind him.

Further investigation is underway to verify the claims of the suspects and pin down the mastermind, according to Sampaloc Police Station spokesperson Senior Insp. Philipp Ines.

“We will check the firearm if it matches the previous murder cases involving drug personalities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Raxabago Police Station will also check if the two are connected to the group responsible for the rifle grenade and MK-2 fragmentation hand grenade left under a bridge in Tondo early this month.

“We are still checking on it. [We] will give you feedback,” said Police Supt. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, station commander, in a text message to the Manila Bulletin.

Both Flores and Cortez are now detained, facing cases of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition in relation to Omnibus Election Code and unlawful ownership of explosive, respectively. (Ria Fernandez)